, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 369–385 | Cite as

Multiscale Characterization of Land-Use Patterns in China

  • Peter H. Verburg
  • YouQi Chen


This article explores the pattern of land use in China to understand the relationships between land use and factors that can be used to predict it. Such understanding is important for development of comprehensive models of land-use dynamics. Correlation and regression analyses are used to identify the most important explanatory variables from a large set of factors generally considered important in predicting the distribution of land use. We found that the spatial distribution of all land-use types in China is best described by an integrated set of biophysical and socioeconomic factors. Specific attention is given to the influence of the scale of analysis on study results. Both data resolution and the extent of the study area influence the discovered relationships. Relationships obtained at a certain scale of analysis therefore may not be directly applied at other scales or in other areas. The relevance of the systematic and quantitative characterization of the land-use patterns in China for the parameterization of spatially explicit land-use models is discussed.

Key words: land-use change; China; spatial analysis; pattern; scale dependence; landscape modeling; spatial models. 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter H. Verburg
    • 1
  • YouQi Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences, P.O. Box 37, 6700 AA, Wageningen, The NetherlandsNL
  2. 2.Institute of Natural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Baishiqiao Road 30, Beijing 100081, ChinaCN

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